Posts Tagged ‘England’

The Bubonic Plague & Nursery Rhymes

October 8th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins & History!

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers the fascinating and surprising history of nursery rhymes. Did someone actually put their baby on a tree top? Why sing about Jack and Jill getting hurt? Did horses really attempt to reassemble Humpty Dumpty? Did someone named Peter actually eat a pumpkin and then lock his wife inside the shell?

On this informative, ad-supported website, read about all your old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones. As a bonus, you’ll learn surprising things about the history of England and its neighboring countries too. For example, did you know that the Bubonic Plague and its symptoms were parodied in “Ring around the Rosy”? Or that “Boston” was named after someone called Saint Botolph?

Many of the featured rhymes have more than one history, which just makes them all the more fun. You get to pick which one you’d like to believe! (Some of them are so old, it’s difficult to be certain of their true origin.)

Step Back in Time with a Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

September 12th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, September 12, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Old Sturbridge Village

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

  • Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.
  • Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.
  • Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.
  • Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.
  • Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Centuries: Views from New England

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Virtual Field Trips to Stone Ruins including Stonehenge

July 18th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 18, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stone Pages

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

Many people know about one of the most famous of stone ruins called Stonehenge in England. However, there are hundreds of stone ruins throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including standing stones (like Stonehenge) and many of them are much older than Stonehenge. They document early man’s habitats, customs, rituals, defense, observance of cycles in nature like the seasons, and much more.

Today’s website offers the most amazing compilation of information on stone ruins in the U.K. and Europe. When you get to the site you can click on the following destinations to open new website pages devoted to these ruins:

  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Italy

You can take virtual tours of these remarkable historic sites through photographs and text – and in some cases through quick time movies. You will be astounded by the sheer number of these ruins, and what archaeologists have been able to piece together about early humans from them.

You can take virtual tours of:

  • stone forts
  • stone settlements
  • stone circles
  • standing stones
  • tombs
  • burial chambers
  • and many other formations

Allow plenty of time on your first visit to this site to get your bearings. You’ll want to bookmark it to visit each country and the many ruins offered for virtual tours.

Virtual Tour of Old Sturbridge Village, MA

November 15th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home.  When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.   

*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.   

*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.      

*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.   

*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.   

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

Jamestown Online History Adventure!

August 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 29, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Jamestown Online Adventure

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free, fun, interactive game that teaches about early American colonial history (circa 1600) and the Jamestown settlement.

When you get to the site, just click on “Start the Adventure” to begin the game in which YOU, as the captain of 105 adventurers from England, get to make the decisions about:

  • Where to land in the New World
  • What kind of settlement to build
  • How to interact with the native inhabitants
  • What crops to plant
  • What activities and work to do
  • How to accumulate wealth to repay your sponsors
  • And other choices that will impact your overall survival.

According to the website, in reality, almost half of the original settlers of Jamestown died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, exposure to disease, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. Can you do any better than the real colonists?

The game provides advice from colonists and Native Americans that will inform your choices. After you’ve made your decisions, you’ll get a printable report on the state of your colony. Compare it with the historical Jamestown colony to determine if your decisions were better than theirs. Then, learn from the mistakes, and play again to see if you can have a more successful outcome.

This one is fun for the whole family!

 

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